Dear APS Community,
As we prepare to transition to in-person learning through a hybrid model, we want to provide some important information and reminders for you and our students.
As we have shared previously, students who are attending school in person have been assigned to two groups (A and B) that will be learning both in-person and remotely. Grades 1-8 will begin in-person on Oct. 12 with the “A” group. High school students will start in-person on Oct. 20 with the “B” group. Please refer to this calendar to see which weeks are designated as “A” and “B” weeks for in-person learning. If you do not know which group your student has been assigned to, please check with your child’s school.
For those families that have elected to keep their children at home for fully remote learning, please ask your child’s school if you have specific questions about your child’s remote learning schedule.
During the weeks that students are not attending school in person in their groups, they will be learning remotely from home. We have developed a Remote Learning Behavioral Code of Conduct and we ask that you review it regularly with your student. Please remember that all synchronous (learning in real-time from teachers online) classes will be recorded. We will use the recorded classes for instructional purposes only and will not share them publicly. For example, the recordings may be provided to other students who were absent during the class or to other teachers for training purposes.
Please know that we will continue to review our Decision Matrix and the latest health data to determine if we need to change to a different learning model in the future. If a transition is needed, we will communicate with families as quickly as possible.
Preschool and Kindergarten In-Person Learning
On Monday, we welcomed our youngest learners back to in-person learning through Preschool and Kindergarten Academies. Starting on Oct. 12, kindergarten students will switch to the hybrid model and attend in person during their assigned “A” and “B” weeks in order to align with the rest of the district. Preschool students will continue with their present schedule and attend in person Monday-Thursday.
Keeping Students Safe
While students are at school, we will keep the same group of peers and staff members together for the entire day as much as possible. If we determine students or staff members have been exposed to COVID-19, we will ask parents to pick students up from school and provide information on next steps as quickly as possible.
Please know that any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 must provide a medical release or documentation of a negative test result prior to returning to school.
The health and safety of our students, staff and families is our top priority. Please partner with us by adhering to the following practices:
The APS Board of Education approved a revised calendar for the 2020-21 school year. Instead of having a Fall Break, students and staff will have the entire week of Thanksgiving off. In addition, Winter Break has been extended by an additional week in January. There are other calendar changes throughout the school year, so please review the calendar thoroughly.
Every APS student should have a technology device such as a tablet or chromebook. Students will use these devices for learning while they are in-person and remote. It is important that students bring their devices to and from school every day. Also, please keep devices charged as much as possible. If your student does not have a technology device, please work with your child’s school to check out a device.
Free Grab-and-Go Meals
APS will continue to offer free meals for families. Families can pick up free meals at any of our APS Grab and Go locations. Meal pick up is from 10:45-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Most APS high schools also have an evening pick-up time from 4:45-5:30 p.m.
Thank you for partnering with us to keep our students and staff safe and healthy. We look forward to welcoming our students for in-person learning.
Superintendent Rico Munn